Major incidents mar 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Patton Kizzire clinched the Sony Open in Hawaii after prevailing in a six-hole play-off with James Hahn – but the 2018 event will be remembered for a number major incidents that occurred over the weekend.

Firstly, just after 8am local time on Saturday morning, players received an emergency phone notification, which read: ‘Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill’. A banner was also displayed on TV screens.

Naturally, this caused widespread panic among players with there being a 38-minute gap before a second message was sent out saying that it was a false alarm and the message had, in fact, been sent by accident.

Here’s how some of the players reacted:

Caddie in ICU

Also on Saturday, pro Blayne Barber took to Twitter to say that his caddie, Cory Gilmer, is in intensive care after collapsing and hitting his head.

Gilmer was out with some fellow caddies after finishing dinner with Barber when he is said to have collapsed while sitting on a high-top chair, hitting his head hard on the ground in the process.

He was rushed to hospital with swelling around the brain and has been unresponsive since.

Camera operators go on strike

And on Sunday, due to a strike, Golf Channel was missing union video and audio workers during the final round, with action also affecting coverage of the Web.com Tour’s Great Exuma Classic.

The Golf Channel scrambled to put together staff in Hawaii, with a crew at the network's Orlando studio taking over commentary duties, although understandably, the quality of the coverage was affected.

Speaking after his victory, Kizzire perhaps summed the whole week up best.

"It has been a peculiar week,” Kizzire said. “We have a great friend that is in critical condition as well that our prayers to him and his family, and the missile strike was wild - or the missile threat was wild, and the camera strike was unexpected as well.

“So amongst all that, I was able to focus on playing golf, and I was glad to get the win.”

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